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Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance - Extra Events!

Kabuki Movement Workshop with master dancer Fujima Shōgo
Thursday April 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (and Granville)
Marcuse Studio 7F

All professional kabuki actors begin their training with studies in Japanese classical dance, and every movement in kabuki is based in dance. Vancouver performers are invited to participate in a workshop on character movement and dance in kabuki, led by visiting master dancer/teacher Fujima Shōgo. This workshop was geared towards those with theatre or dance experience and an interest in stylized movement.

Approximately 90 minutes of movement and half an hour of question and answer with Fujima Shōgo.

Produced in Association with Pangaea Arts

Lecture-Demonstration on Kabuki Odori
Friday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC

Dr. Julie Iezzi and three master dancers: Fujima Shôgo, Fujima Monyo and Izumi Tokuho, discussed the world of kabuki dance: the history and context, the movements, the props, the music, and the characters. Sections of dances will be demonstrated and the audience had a chance to ask questions.
Guest scholar Dr. Julie Iezzi is from the University of Hawaii's Department of Theatre and Dance. Dr. Iezzi's considerable relationship with kabuki covers the gamut from director to performer, translator to researcher.

Kabuki Odori Costume Demonstration
Saturday April 10, 2-3pm
Museum of Anthroplogy, UBC
Free with MOA admission

Dr. Julie Iezzi and guest costumers from Japan led a lecture-demonstration of kabuki odori kimono. Master costumers Komori Shunsuke and Yoshida Miyuki from the Shochiku Kabuki Costume House (the largest costumer in Japan) dressed local dancer Tami Ogura in one of the kimono used in the performances of Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance, explaining the significance of the costume and the detailed technique of dressing. Projected images of the costumes by Ines Ortner.

Produced in Association with Pangaea Arts and the Museum of Anthropology

Community workshop in Kabuki Odori with master dancer Fujima Shôgo
Sunday April 11, 1:30-3:00pm
The National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, Special Events Hall, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Free (suggested donation)

Master dancer Fujima Shōgo led and introductory workshop in kabuki dance for all ages and experience levels. Participants ranged from 7-70 years old.

Produced in Association with Pangaea Arts
Sponsored by: National Association of Japanese Canadians and The National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre

Kabuki in Print Exhibition
March 25 - May 16
Asian Library upper floor (1871 West Mall, Vancouver)
Open during Asian Library open hours M-Th 9-8, F 9-5, Sat. 12-5, closed Sun.
Free admission.

In celebration of the Asian Library's 50th anniversary and in anticipation of the performance of TomoeArts' production of ODORI: The World of Kabuki Dance The Canadian Society for Asian Arts presents an exhibition that examines the intimate relationship between the woodblock printing medium and the kabuki theatre. Depicting theatre scenes based on dramatic contemporary current and historical events as well as canonical literary sources, these images document the wide thematic range of Edo-period popular entertainment.

The exhibition draws from private print collections supplemented by art historical publications from the UBC Library collection. Highlights include several original Japanese woodblock prints from the 18th to 20th centuries by actor print specialists Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), and Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900).

Kabuki in Print is curated by Maiko Behr and presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts in conjunction with UBC Asian Library.

For more information see the CSAA website

Image: Sawamura Tanosuke III as O-Shizu (detail) by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), private collection